The vessel sharing agreement between Maersk Line and Mediterranean Shipping Co. – commonly known as the 2M Alliance – is swapping one Florida port for another in one of its ocean-shipping routes between Northern Europe and the U.S. East and Gulf coasts.
Port Everglades this week replaced PortMiami as the Florida call on the alliance’s “TA1/NEUATL1” loop. As of Aug. 16, the service’s full port rotation is: Antwerp, Belgium; Rotterdam, Holland; Bremerhaven, Germany; Norfolk, Va.; Port Everglades, Fla; Houston, TX;, back to Norfolk, and then returning to Antwerp.
The swap of Port Everglades for Miami is the only change being made to the route, which was first launched in early 2015, according to ocean carrier schedule database BlueWater Reporting. The TA1/NEUATL1 service is operated with five U.S.-flagged Maersk vessels with an average capacity of 4,611 TEUs.
“This Northern European service further diversifies the fleet and services that call at Port Everglades, and generates additional opportunities for international trade to and from South Florida,” said Jim Pyburn, the port’s director of business development.
Port Everglades, one of Florida’s busiest container ports, handles over 1 million TEUs annually and serves as a gateway to Latin America, the Caribbean, Europe and Asia.
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